Ski Huts

Warm, dry huts separated by ski and snowshoe adventures. What could be better?

Backcountry Ski Huts

San Juan Hut Systems’ mission is to provide low impact, human powered, lightweight backcountry travel opportunities for the independent health conscious adventurer at a practical price. We have devoted over twenty-five years to creating and defining destination hut-to-hut skiing and mountain bike travel.

The San Juan Hut System Hut-to-Hut backcountry Ski Route links Telluride to Ouray following the Sneffels Range below 14,000 foot alpine peaks. Huts may also be accessed individually. Backcountry ski trails follow scenic United States Forest Service roads and hiking trails surrounding the Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area. The route is designed for intermediate skier ability, while above each hut there is terrain for advanced/intermediate, expert and extreme powder skiing.

Ski Hut Facilities

Huts hold eight people per night. The wooden huts are equipped with padded bunks, a propane cook stove, propane light, wood stove, firewood, and necessary utensils and cookware. Each hut is equipped with a composting toilet facility.

Skier Ability & Awareness

The hut system is designed to accommodate all levels of skiing ability. All skiers should be familiar with changing mountain weather conditions and must be adequately prepared. Skiers should possess knowledge of snow and avalanche conditions while in the backcountry.
Route Miles Ascent Descent
Last Dollar 2.7 1,290' 60'
North Pole 10 2,700' 380'
Blue Lakes 5.1 1,260' 60'
Ridgway 6.7 1,930' 430'
Burn 5.4 1,360' 190'
Spring Creek 1.2 138' 55'
Last Dollar to North Pole 8.6 2,550' 1,550'
North Pole to Blue Lakes 7.3 1,170' 1,700'
Blue Lakes to Ridgway 5.0 1,640' 1,090'
Ridgway to Burn 4.2 730' 1,074'
Burn to Ouray 4.6 2,660' 340'

What People Are Saying

The past 4 days was our second trip into the North Pole Hut on the winter route. You just can't beat the fact that you've usually got the hut to yourself, there's so few people that make the trek in. All the bare basics are already in the hut - you bring whatever else makes you comfy - but you'd better make it a light backpack AND be ready for anything. If you can do that, you will be rewarded. We've already booked the 7 day Durango/Moab bike trip on the other set of huts! I can't thank SJHS enough for having these gems socked away deep in the mountains, ready for us when we need them!

~ Eric K, Cortez, Colorado

Winter Ski Hut Info

Winter Hut Fees (December 1 to April 15): $30 per night, per person (Maximum 8 people per night)

Guide Services

Cirque Guides

(970) 633-2469

Rental Services

Ridgway Adventure Sports
109 N Lena St
Ridgway, Co 81432
(970) 626-8500

What You Get

  • Comfortable Huts to Stay in
  • Wood stoves and use of firewood pile
  • Custom Maps
  • Custom GPS Tracks
  • Turn by Turn Directions
  • Backup Support
  • An Adventure of a Lifetime


Our backcountry ski huts hold eight people per night. The wooden huts are equipped with padded bunks, a propane cook stove, propane light, wood stove, and necessary utensils, cookware. Each hut is equipped with a composting toilet facility.

San Juan Hut Systems

Adventure Without the Weight

San Jan Huts is based in Ridgway, Colorado. Contact us for planning your next mountain bike trip, ski tour or hiking adventure. Let's talk maps, trails, food, terrain and huts. The San Juan Hut Systems extends from the high mountains around Ouray, Telluride & Durango, descending hundreds of miles toward Moab, Utah. We are passionate about supporting you in all Rocky Mountain outdoor sports & adventures; backcountry skiing, nordic trails, alpine climbing and snowshoeing, backcountry mountain biking trails with vast single track, trail running, backcountry camping & alpine hiking. Durango to Moab and Telluride to Moab are classic mountain bike trails in Colorado & Moab.

The San Juan Huts are located in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison, San Juan, and Manti La Sal National Forests and maintains licenses under Special Use Permits from the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management as well as permit agreements with several private ranch owners.

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